The destination we embarked on was, Diveagar....
The calm and serene Diveagar beach....
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This is a beach town and also a place of worship. The Diveagar Beach is known for its clean sands and white waters. There is not much you can do or explore here but this place is still a very popular weekend getaway especially for Mumbaikars. The Suvarna Ganesha Temple is a famous place of worship and also has an interesting story behind it. Once when there was nothing over here, a lady farmer named Pratibha was busy in her daily work. While ploughing the field she got a copper box which was buried deep down and came up due to repeated ploughing. Inside this box was an idol of Lord Ganesha covered completely with gold and also withe a mask made of gold. The idol weighed about 12 kg. There was then built the temple of the Suvarna Ganesha which is still very popular.
Wanna witness the Olive Ridley Turtles hatching on the western coast of india, then Velas, Dist. Ratnagiri Maharashtra is the perfect place.Olive Ridley Turtles are on a verge of extinction in india. One can witness turtle hatching in india only in Puri, Orissa and Velas, Maharashtra. The locals of Velas are doing a splendid job in saving these rare species.The best part of Velas beach is tourists are not allowed to stay on the beach after sunset. You will not even find a cop or a security personnel patroling the beach. The locals themselves take care of their motherland. The locals patrol the beach during night, and look for the mother turtle laying her eggs. Just after the eggs are being layed, those are being carried safely and placed in the hatchery. The turtle conservation in Velas was started just about 9-10 years back. An ecologist from Mumbai started creating awareness in the minds of people in Velas,regarding extinction of olive Ridley turtles,  and thus the festival began. According to the Kasav mitra mandal (name not sure) they will feel their conservation mission is accomplished at the 15th year from the start of conservation. As it takes atleast 15 yrs for an adult female turtle to lay eggs. According to them when the first batch of hatched Turtles come back to lay eggs after 15 yrs from the day of start, they are done with their job. The turtle fest starts in the month of Feb and ends in April every year. There are no commercial hotels in Velas, only home stays are available.It takes around 6-7 hours by road from Mumbai to reach Velas.Fact fun : * A male turtle never comes on shore.* A female turtle never comes on shore after laying eggs, Infact she doesn't remembers where she had layed her eggs.* 1:1000 is the survival rate of olive Ridley turtles once they are into the sea after hatching.
Popular among tourists for its pale white beaches, sparkling sea waters and palm trees swinging lazily in the coastal breeze, Diveagar is located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. The Diveagar Beach is a mesmerizing place that stretches for a whopping six kilometres. You can find many Suru trees along with a dense cover of the uncommon Belu trees. Don't forget to take pictures of the sand bubble crabs that crawl about here. For a sighting of dolphins, head to the Harihareshwar Beach, which is located near by. Don't be surprised to see sea turtles here, as they often come to this beach to lay their eggs. The fortress of Murud-Janjira, situated on an island off the Murud village is something you can't miss out on. Take a jetty from Murud and explore the fort that is one of the strongest marine forts and has three gigantic cannons that have stood the test of time. Nature and wildlife lovers can head to the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, which houses various species of animals, birds, plants and reptiles. Diveagar can be reached by buses that run regularly from Pune and Mumbai till Srivardhan, from where Diveagar is only 6km away.
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